Wastewater: Palisade cancels new lift station and sewer line project, replaces it with lower cost alternative


From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Mike Wiggins):

In a move made both out of frustration with federal guidelines and relief in having discovered a cheaper option, town trustees last week unanimously agreed to terminate a project that would have resulted in a new lift station and a three-mile pipeline to hook into the Clifton Sanitation District’s treatment plant. The board also agreed to give up a grant and loan totaling nearly $8 million that would have funded the project. Instead, the town will modify its existing lagoon system for $1 million to $1.25 million. “I’m very pleased to be able to tell ratepayers in the town of Palisade that we’re going to be able to comply with the unfunded mandates at a cost far lower than originally assumed,” Town Administrator Tim Sarmo said…

Following a lead from Delta, Palisade also learned about technology that emerged last year that allowed the town to diffuse the ammonia being released into the river. The town will make other upgrades to the lagoons.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently approved a site plan amendment and asked the town to submit more specific construction plans. Sarmo said he hopes to win state approval of the plans by December, start construction in March and finish the work early next summer.

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